Arbor Day celebrations set to kick off Thursday

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Vancouver’s monthlong community celebration of trees starts Thursday with a traditional Arbor Day planting event at 1 p.m. at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

In conjunction with Clark College’s Sakura Ceremony, Vancouver will be recognized for its commitment to a healthy urban forest with a Tree City USA Growth Award and its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA designation, the city said in a news release.

The celebration will include brief comments by local and state officials, members of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission and representatives from local partner organizations. The ceremonial planting of the official Arbor Day tree, a flowering cherry, will conclude the event. After the planting, participants can enjoy activities, demonstrations, tea and cookies at Gaiser Hall. Free seedlings will also be available during this year’s Arbor Day celebration which is sponsored by Clark College, the Vancouver Rotarians and the city of Vancouver.

For a complete listing of Arbor Month activities near your neighborhood, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parks-recreation/parks_trails/urban_forestry/arbor_day.asp or call 360-487-8308.